Since I surprisingly enjoyed the first two Twilight movies, I couldn’t wait for Netflix to send me my request for “Eclipse”. As soon as it arrived, I popped it into my DVD player and waited to see if I could once again get caught up in Bella and Edward’s intense passion. Well let me tell you, I most certainly did. What an incredible love story. This installment delved much deeper into the attraction they have for one another and why.
As usual, Bella was in danger from many sides. Wisely, Edward gave up his silly notion of bowing out of Bella’s life for good in order to “protect” her. He realized in the last movie that he was causing her more harm than good by not being around. So, luckily for Bella and for us, Edward was on the scene during “Eclipse”. So was Jacob, by the way, and much of this storyline involved the competition between he and Edward for Bella’s love and affection. There were even a few humorous moments where I laughed out loud, even though you’re not necessarily supposed to do that during vampire movies. But Jacob said a couple of amusing things, especially when the three of them were in the tent together. That’s all I’ll say about THAT.
I believe that the mass appeal of the Twilight movies has much to do with the way the story delves into the characters, as well as showing us crazy special effect scenes. It’s a good combination. Something for everyone in a way. During “Eclipse”, I loved the scene between Bella and her mother. I also loved the scenes between Bella and her father, especially the embarrassing one where he attempts to have the “talk” with her about sex. Some funny stuff right in the middle of lots of scary stuff. That’s what this movie does. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, while appealing to your soft side of how the characters feel about one another.
During “Eclipse”, we see Bella having a bit of a struggle between her love for Edward and her love for Jacob. We don’t doubt for a minute that her love for Edward is stronger, Bella even says that out loud, but there’s also no doubt that Jacob presents a beautiful distraction at times. And he does his best to convince her to stay with him with some very compelling points of view. I was getting a little impatient with Bella for being hesitant in making her intentions clear in order to put these poor guys out of their misery. There was so much jealousy and competition between the two of them and Bella could have done more to alleviate much of that. But we forgive her. It was fun watching two incredibly gorgeous guys vie for her love that way. She must have enjoyed that very much.
For me, the love stories woven into the Twilight movies are the parts that keep me interested. But there’s also the storylines involving good vampires, bad vampires, and werewolves. It was interesting to learn more about their differences and to see where their allegiances lie. DAKOTA FANNING, I see you again! Girl, you really are enjoying that role of being the bad girl with the scary red eyes, aren’t you? I guess it’s fun after always being the good little girl in the past. You’re doing a great job with this character.
This third installment has more passionate interactions between Edward and Bella than the first two, and they were very intense. Some of the things Edward says to Bella are the stuff fantasies are made of. We can totally understand why she finds herself under his spell. I loved the scene where Edward kept asking her over and over again to marry him. I must have said “yes” a hundred times sitting here at home, but Bella had a little more self control. Edward is still struggling with the notion of “protecting her soul” and Bella is still doing her best to convince him that she wants to “be like him”. By the end of this movie, some major decisions are made.
I heard that there will be another Twilight movie coming out near the end of 2011 called “Breaking Dawn”. I can’t wait to find out where Edward and Bella take their love story going forward. “Eclipse” had me caught up in the movie from beginning to end. And even though I’m older, I think I should still qualify for being a “TwiHard”.